05/22/2015VATICAN Pope: reflect on "Jesus' gaze upon us", "he chooses us, forgives us and he sends us on mission." "Lord, fix your gaze on me and tell me what I must do; how should I lament my mistakes, my sins; what is the courage with which I must continue on the path You have first travelled". Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Reflect on the "gaze of Jesus upon us", "He always looks at us with love. He asks something of us, forgives us and send us on a mission". This was Pope Francis invitation at Mass this...
05/22/2015SYRIA - IRAQ Islamic State takes entire border between Syria and Iraq The terrorists now control of the last frontier zone under the control of the Syrian government. 95 thousand square meters of land, about 50% of the total, now in the hands of jihadists. Military successes also in neighboring Iraq. Washington says challenge of Caliphate "is increasingly difficult to deal with."
05/21/2015SYRIA Syria: Islamic State takes Palmyra, Unesco heritage site at risk The militiamen control the "totality" of the ancient city as government soldiers flee. Half of Syrian territory is in the hands of the jihadist group. Mass evacuation of citizens, in some places there are still "violent clashes". Archaeologists and activists call for the intervention of the US-led coalition. Now the IS points to the gas fields of Deir al-Zour.
05/20/2015TAJIKISTAN Bogus permits sold to allow Muslims to grow a beard or wear a veil Tajikistan has been forcing Muslim men to shave their beards to counter Islamic extremism. Prosecutors are investigating the sale of bogus permits, something denied by the committee in charge of such documents. Top paramilitary official has been arrested on his way to Syria to fight with the Islamic State group.
05/20/2015VATICAN Pope: pray for the Catholics of China and for persecuted Christians "Religious freedom is a human right". In Italy the Pentecost Vigil will be recall our "many brothers and sisters exiled or killed simply because they are Christians." On May 24 the prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan. Chinese Catholics are "credible witnesses" of merciful love and live "spiritually united to the rock of Peter on which the Church is built." The family’s "natural vocation to educate", must not be replaced by "experts" and “intellectual critics".
05/20/2015ISRAELE - PALESTINE Palestinians banned from using same buses as Israelis New "security" measures rolled out today. They will result in Palestinians who work in Israel spending an extra two hours commuting per day. NGOs slam the measures as "racist" and "shameful".
05/19/2015ASIA Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West by Bernardo Cervellera The "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
05/19/2015S. ARABIA - PAKISTAN Riyadh looks to Pakistan to purchase nuclear weapons Saudi Arabia ready to stock up on nuclear warheads to counter Iran. According to a US source an agreement is already in place with Islamabad. Fears mount of regional arms race, with Egypt and Turkey at the forefront.
05/18/2015IRAQ - SYRIA Islamic State takes Ramadi but withdraws from Palmyra in Syria The Iraqi prime minister appeals to troops not to retreat and announces the dispatch of Shiite militias in support. But the city is in the hands of the Islamists, who have commandeered tanks and missiles. Pentagon, says the situation remains "fluid". In Syria, a US special forces raid leaves four prominent IS leaders dead. The destruction of the UNESCO heritage averted, thus far.
05/16/2015VATICAN - PALESTINE Pope receives Mahmoud Abbas, "may you be an angel of peace" "Great satisfaction" for agreement reached between the Vatican and Palestine and "hope" that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis can resume marked the audience this morning between Francis and the President of the "State of Palestine".